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RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

Exclusive: EPA Formaldehyde Rules Hold Minor Changes for Manufacturers

Fri Feb 9, 2018

151638138871334.pngThe US EPA has published a final rule on formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood products in the federal register, according to information from the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, which holds some minor changes for RV manufacturers.

“The only difference we have to keep records (on formaldehyde emission compliance) for three years, instead of two,” says Mike Ochs, the director of government affairs at RVIA. “The other thing they did was allow small-chamber testing (for makers of plywood and other composite materials requiring formaldehyde). There weren’t enough large-chamber test sites for the manufacturers to comply.

Essentially, the makers of composite wood products, and RV manufacturers through chain of custody requirements, are both still operating under the same regulations, established by the the California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards. The EPA has simply added another title to the Toxic Subtances Control Act that adopts those standards.

“Wood producers and suppliers are now able to use any testing method to label their products correctly for Toxic Substances Control Act purposes,” notes RVIA. “Once wood producers begin shipping TSCA compliant and labeled product, RV manufacturers can then also start using a combined CARB/TSCA label on their finished RVs record.”

The rules go into effect Saturday, but do not require the TSCA label until December, Ochs says. However, manufacturers can begin the combined labeling before that date.

For further information, contact Mike Ochs at mochs@rvia.org or 571-665-5860.